PUPIL PREMIUM INFORMATION
How do we do as a school and what do the GOVERNMENT think?
Pupil Premium School Statement - please click on the blue link below
Attainment gaps between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their classmates from more affluent backgrounds can be a problem at all stages of education from Nursery to University. According to research the highest early achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds can be overtaken by their lower ability peers from better off households by the age of seven.
This is because disadvantage can create some Barriers to Learning that children from affluent backgrounds are not always exposed to. These barriers can affect higher and lower attaining Pupil Premium eligible pupils and the grant is used to address these inequalities and create a level playing field for all pupils in a school.
There are many barriers to learning for pupils who have not had the same life experiences as other children because of low income. These barriers can include:
- Poor language skills, short term memory problems, poor attendance, concentration difficulties, anger management, emotional wellbeing issues, parenting skills, safeguarding issues, motivational factors, meta-cognitional issues, physical disability and environmental issues to name but a few!
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant to support two key policies
- raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
The DfE will allocate Pupil Premium Grant to schools and local authorities (who must allocate for each FTE pupil on the January school census) the following amounts:
- £1,320 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM full time equivalent (FTE) pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC premium
- £935 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE in year groups 7 to 11, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC Premium
- £1,900 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 11
- £300 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
The grant may be spent in the following ways:
- for the purposes of the school i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
- for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
- on community facilities eg services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated
The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year, so some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.
At St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School we believe that our role is to provide a quality first education to ALL pupils no matter their background but we recognise that for children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (and also those children who have Special Educational Needs at the same time) they will need more support than the core curriculum offers. We do not generalise about pupils based on them being eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant – we focus on the individual learner and set highly aspirational targets for all so that every child meets their progress and attainment potential.
Do you think your child should receive this grant and the school should get additional funding? Only YOU can tell us!
St. Bernard's does not automatically receive the Pupils Premium Grant, we only receive it if a child becomes eligible and only you can tell us this.
Please complete the checking tool below to see if you might be eligible - click on the pic to see
What is the IMPACT of our Pupil Premium spending? Brief overview...click on the blue link below...